2nd Lieutenant John Nicoll Bennett

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant John Nicoll Bennett

John Nicholl Bennett was born on the 1st November 1879 at 7 South Bell Street, St Andrews, Fifeshire. His father was Andrew Bennett, a Tailor and Clothier, and his mother Mary Bennett (nee Nicoll), who had married on the 8th December 1869, also in St Andrews.

In session 1907-1908, he registered at the University of Glasgow’s Faculty of Law studying Scots Law, he then registered again in 1908-1909 to study Law and Conveyancing. During his time at Glasgow he lived in Paisley.

A contemporary Glasgow Herald press clipping states that he was married in April 1916 and prior to military service he worked in different law offices in St. Andrews, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow before settling in Arbroath working for Johnathan McBain, Solicitors, Hill Street.

During the war he served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 121st Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (R.G.A.). The R.G.A. was responsible for the very large calibre guns that were placed some way behind the front line, from where they would fire at enemy targets.

2nd Lieutenant John Bennett died on the 19th May 1917 during the Arras Offensive. He is buried in Mindel Trench British Cemetery, St Laurent-Blangy, France. John had been a pupil at Madras College, St Andrews and is commemorated on their Roll of Honour and also appears on the St. Andrews War Memorial.


2nd Lieutenant John Nicoll Bennett
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 121st Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 19 May 1917
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/660
Photo ID: N/A

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